Grainger Employee Reviews

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Shareholders is all that counts
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Ontario5 November 2016
This company cares only about keeping the shareholders happy!

No regard for the workload that employees are expected to carry out.

Middle management keeps all of the negative issues buried and is only concerned with their own image and advancement.

Upper management is oblivious to what is really going on!

Bottom line, the company could care less about meeting the customer's needs.
Pros
Fewer and fewer
Cons
Huge disconnect between management and reality
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Good place to work and easy co workers
Lead the way (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB24 January 2017
Co workers and most staff easy to work with. Work was easy to adapt to and most days were busy and workable. Most enjoyable part of the job were the day to day relationships with co workers.
Pros
Had opportunities to plan and execute large gatherings
Cons
May have pursued more training.
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Acklands is going downhill
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  London, ON4 January 2017
Morale is horrible, laying off people all over the place and closing branches. Constantly telling staff closures and re-structures are completed and then more come. Unstable - management doesn't know how to support staff... I would imagine it to be similar to working in a zoo lol
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Enjoy my work, too much change and uncertainty
Technical Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB14 January 2017
In the 2 years I have been there they have made so many changes and removed so many long term employees it doesn't make me feel like this is a place you can have a long term career. Especially if you are located in western Canada.
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Perfect Balance of Work and Fun While Meeting Goals.
Warehouse Manager (Former Employee) –  Lac La Biche, AB6 January 2017
Shipping Receiving, Order picking, Inventory management, customer service. As long as the job was getting done on time and safely it was ok to have fun while doing it.
Pros
Company dinners, Northern Living Allowance.
Cons
none
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Good place to gain experience - tough corporation to have a life and career
District Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Canada11 August 2016
Process Heaviness
Inflexible to changing market and customer needs
Organization believes they understand the customer, when they really only understand the very surface of the customers needs.

This is a good place for someone to gain experience, however the workload is very heavy, and the organization has a 'what have you done for me now' perspective.

Lack of respect for personal hardship.....critically sick employee was treated as if they were faking their illness.
Pros
Slightly above average compensation
Cons
Long hours, after hours, business is rigid.
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The best workplace I ever worked in so far
EDI Analyst and Developer (Current Employee) –  Lake Forest, IL7 September 2016
This is the best place I ever worked in so far. The people are very nice, kind, and professional at the same time.
The load of work is kind of high since it's a very big company, but managers are very helpful and very knowledgeable of their job to the point of making everybody like what they do.
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Good Company, Lots of great people.
Full-Time ISSR (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC29 August 2016
This is a good place to work. The work is interesting, and challenging all at the same time. Lots of exposure to new, weird and wonderful customers, products, experiences and situations. The people around you for the most part are awesome at what they do and are willing to help you get to where you'd like to go.
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it was great
Counter Attendant (Former Employee) –  Mount Pearl, NL22 February 2017
the people are so friendly and help you if you need it. they take you under their wing and make sure you understand the things that are going on in the work place.
Pros
Amazing people
Cons
Late nights
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Great Company to work for!
Team Lead - Contract Data Analyst (Current Employee) –  Richmond Hill, ON27 July 2016
A typical day at work is exactly that, a typical day, but with a bit of fun thrown in.
I have learnt a lot, and was allowed to take on projects outside of the scope of my normal work.
My direct manager was great, and so too were the higher ups, no real complaints.
Most enjoyable part were the outings, of course! Who doesn't love a good barbeque!
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Canada's largest industrial supplier, nearly 3,000 employees
Manager (Former Employee) –  Markham, ON13 June 2016
AGI is going through lots of change to decrease their reliance on the oil and gas sector. I had 2 managers during my time and a couple different roles. AGI can be a good place to work, depending on your department. They have invested heavily in SAP recently. Like any large company, you have good people and bad people.
Pros
Some good people, new head office, good work/life balance
Cons
Little career path outside of sales, constantly changing senior leadership, HR policies need an update to 2016
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Good place to work
Supervisor-Warehouse (Current Employee) –  AB27 December 2016
Good work/life balance. Computer system change has helped in some areas but has cause uncertainty about job secutrity in some areas.
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Great for entry-level opportunity and job advancement
Warehouse Clerk (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK31 May 2016
Excellent job advancement, wages could always be a little better, management needs some improvement. Generally you come into work, and you are busy all day. Overtime is offered during the productive summer season season. I personally love the people I worked with, and they all assisted me with questions I had.
Pros
Paid holidays, employee engagement surveys, end of the month lunches.
Cons
Exceedingly high expectations, small room for error
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Good place to work
Branch Manager (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB23 March 2016
If you are on the sales side of the business you can get away with pretty much anything, as long as you preform and don't anger the wrong people. The ops side of the business does a lot of the heavy lifting and get beaten like a rented mule most of the time. however it is still a great place to work the people are great it is like one big family.
Pros
good people
Cons
lack managment with the will ask questions and fight for what is right
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Good company for people with family
Senior Systems Administrator (Current Employee) –  Richmond Hill, ON14 June 2016
Acklands Grainger used to be an typical Canadian company. People usually stay here for quite longer time. There are significant changes after recently SAP project.
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Horrible management with no regard for worker health and safety
Warehouse Associate (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB19 March 2016
Lots of talk from Management but no action. Each day is all about hitting the manager's numbers.
Managers say all kinds of clichés about "teamwork" and "safety",
then go close the door to their offices and let everyone figure it out for themselves. If you don't hit your numbers YOU ARE FIRED!
Pros
None
Cons
Unsafe work environment
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Fast paced, busy company to work for
On Site Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Kamloops, BC8 June 2016
Room for advancement within the company. Very fast paced, visit various sites on a day to day basis to provide various industrial and safety products.
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Good place to work
Shipper/Receiver (Former Employee) –  Hinton, AB14 July 2016
everyone is friendly great place to work. great hours and reasonable pay for position. would recommend anyone to wor here
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Don't know what they want to be
Marketing Specialist (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON16 May 2016
Too much change and trying to execute too many projects at once and can't get traction with the projects that matter. Good experience but i would recommend anyone work for this company.
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Good work atmosphere
CMS Content Assistant - English (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB28 April 2016
Colleagues are very nice as well as the boss. Benefits and salary are great. But demands of the job can be overwhelming. There are many late nights at work especially when there are deadlines to meet.
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3.9
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